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THE ribbons were last week cut on the three newly installed Public Access Defibrillators in the Kilcummin Parish, in Coolick and Anabla National Schools and at the village’s post office.
The hard-working members of Kilcummin Defibrillator Group, consisting of William Fleming, Derek O Leary, Sheila O’Connor, Johnny Guerin and Senator Maire Moloney have been busy fundraising over the last nine months and with the support of the local community and the Killarney Credit Union, they have purchased and erected the 3 units in prominent locations in the Kilcummin locality.
“We are delighted to have three units erected in such a short space of time,” said William Fleming. “We imagined it would take longer to fund raise the amount of money required, but it seems the people of Kilcummin understand the importance of having these life saving devices available and have supported us in a manner that sees the three units in place.”
Derek O'Leary, another member of the group and who is well known and involved in many of the existing defibrillator groups and CPR training initiatives in Kerry, also pointed out the training sessions organised to support the use of the defibrillators.
“We have arranged two dates to facilitate the community in learning the skills of CPR and defibrillator use. Thursday the 9th of June at 7.30pm and Saturday the 18th of June at 9.30am are the dates scheduled for the training and both courses will be held in the Kilcummin GAA Club House. We hope that we will have a large turnout on both dates and at a cost of just €10 per person, its great value for this 2 hour Irish Heart Foundation course that could help save a persons life”.
“We are encouraging everyone in Kilcummin to make themselves aware of the locations of the units which are located on Coolick and Anabla national schools and Kilcummin Post Office. The first 10 minutes of a cardiac event are critical and to be prepared is a huge part of a positive outcome. These units are available for use by the general public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year,” said Derek.

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Last chance to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising draw

By Sean Moriarty There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle. The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s […]




By Sean Moriarty

There is just less than one week left to enter Spa GAA’s fundraising raffle.

The ‘Cairde Spa’ draw takes place on Thursday night (February 2) the Spa’s clubhouse at 7pm.

Funds raised will go towards the upgrade and development works planned over the next few years.

Guest of honour on the night is national GAA president Larry McCarthy and the Sam Maguire Cup will make an appearance too.

“Apart from ongoing and essential maintenance work, the club has a number of development projects in the pipeline. The money is being raised towards improving our grounds to provide top class facilities that can be used year-round, including car parking, perimeter fencing for pitches, ladies and juveniles dressing rooms, outdoor skills wall, player dug outs for senior and juvenile pitches, safety enhancements and lighting on the walking track, landscaping, scoreboard, viewing gallery to the sports hall, alignment of entrance to the grounds and a remembrance garden,” said Michael Cronin, Club Chairman.

“We are calling on everyone to get behind the fundraiser. Our vision is to provide top class grounds and facilities where everyone is welcome to use and participate fully in our activities, games and culture. In order to achieve this vision, we are setting out exciting new developments and investments in our facilities – and we need your support.”

There are 10 prizes up for grabs: 1st Prize: €15,000, 2nd Prize: €3,000, 3rd Prize: €2,000, 4th Prize: €1,000, 5th Prize: Two nights dinner and B&B at the Killarney Park Hotel, 6th Prize: €500 Voucher for Killarney Carpets & Furniture, 7th Prize: €300 Voucher for O’Sullivan’s Cycles, 8th Prize: €250 Voucher for Killarney Oils, 9th Prize: €150 Voucher for Killarney Hardware and 10th Prize: A signed Kerry jersey.

Tickets are €100 each and can be collected/returned at the clubhouse this Saturday (10.30am-12noon), Monday (7-8pm) or Wednesday (7-8pm), and tickets are also available online on

Any queries contact Andy (087 2236754), Michael (085 8213027), Assumpta (087 6779292) or Deirdre (085 1216359) or any Club Officers.


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Marian Players excited to get back on stage

By Michelle Crean With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on […]




By Michelle Crean

With a cast of over 50 it’s no small undertaking – but that won’t deter one panto group who are only too happy to get back on stage this weekend.

It’s been two years since they staged a show due to COVID but the Marian Players Rathmore are rearing to go tomorrow night (Saturday) with their hilarious show ‘Dame Annie Goes West’.

A medley of comedy and colour, combined with music and dance, locals from both sides of the border have been working together to make it a great production.

“We’re very excited, we can’t wait! It’s great to be back,” Mary Hickey told the Killarney Advertiser.

“They [the cast] got together in October and they’re at it since.”

Val Moynihan is the “genius behind it”, she added, and it’s produced by her son Brian Hickey, and co-written with Eilish Coakley.

She said that they have loads working in the background also doing the stage curtains, lighting and making costumes amongst other tasks.

“It’s a pantomime without the pantomime in the background! It’s a whole community effort both sides of the border.”

Evening shows start at 7.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) and again Sunday (January 29) at 3pm.

Mid-week shows continue on Wednesday next (February 1) at 7.30pm, Thursday (February 2) at 7.30pm and also Saturday (February 4) at 7.30pm and Sunday (February 5) at 3pm.

The booking office (085 2031730) will be open every day from 2pm to 6pm to reserve seats and collect tickets and is located adjacent to the community centre, next to Christy’s Take Away.

Seats may be reserved over the phone too and paid for using a bank card. All proceeds are going to Kerry Parents & Friends Association.

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